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Are you looking for the right school for your child? We showcase schools and programs throughout New York’s communities and nearby neighbors. Perhaps you’re looking for your Special Needs or your Gifted and Talented child? Whether it’s preschoolers, grade-schoolers, or tweens and teens, we present a wide variety of specialized programs throughout Metropolitan New York.

Manhattan | Brooklyn | Queens | Bronx | Staten Island | Greater NYC

Manhattan
Academy-of-St-Joseph

Academy of St Joseph

  • Pre-K to Grade 8
  • Academy of St. Joseph 111 Washington Place
    New York, NY, 10014
  • Phone: (212) 243-5420
  • Contact: Torsie A. Judkins
  • Welcoming students of all faiths in grades PK - 8, the Academy fosters the intellectual, spiritual, social, emotional and physical development, while instilling in them the highest standards of character, competence, and compassion.
  • academyofsaintjoseph.org
BASIS Independent Manhattan

BASIS Independent Manhattan

  • Grades K–8
  • 795 Columbus Avenue
    New York, NY 10025
  • Phone: (347) 305-4960
  • Our mission is to raise the standards of student learning to the highest international levels. We recruit faculty who are fervent experts in their disciplines and ask them to do nothing but teach the students in their care. The classroom is sacrosanct and student–teacher interaction is the essential CO-CREATIVE educational activity.
  • manhattan.basisindependent.com
Blue School

The Blue School

Brooklyn Friends School

Brooklyn Friends School

  • 375 Pearl Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Phone: (718) 852-1029
  • Contact: Joan Martin x209
  • Since 1867, providing a college preparatory program serving students from Preschool through 12th grade. An independent Quaker school located in the thriving Downtown Brooklyn neighborhood.
  • brooklynfriends.org
Cathedral High School

Cathedral High School

  • Grades 9–12
  • 350 East 56th Street
    New York, NY 10022
  • Phone: (212) 688-1545
  • Contact: Johanna Velez, Director of Admissions
  • A Catholic College Preparatory school in the heart of Manhattan, welcoming young woman of all faiths and cultures. The school is a community of students, teachers, staff, parents and alumnae committed to achieving excellence in education.
  • cathedralhs.org
Dwight School

Dwight School

  • Preschool–Grade 12
  • 291 Central Park West
    New York, NY 10024
  • Phone: (212) 724-6360
  • Contact: admissions@dwight.edu
  • Founded in 1872, Dwight is a leading private international school dedicated to igniting the spark of genius in every child — one student at a time.
  • Dwight is the first school in the Americas to offer the comprehensive International Baccalaureate curriculum for students ages 3-18.
  • dwight.edu
Evolution Enrichment Preschool

Evolution Enrichment Preschool

  • 38 Delancey Street
    New York, NY 10002
  • Phone: (212) 375-9500
  • Contact: evolutionenrichment@gmail.com
  • Now Enrolling 2s, 3s and 4s (Pre-K For All & Private programs) An independent private preschool with play-based progressive curriculum where children are learning by having a voice and a choice to become well-rounded and responsible individuals.
  • evolutionenrichment.com
Green Meadow Waldorf School

Green Meadow Waldorf School

  • Nursery–Grade 12
  • 307 Hungry Hollow Road
    Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977
  • Phone: (845) 356-2514
  • Ask us about bus service from NYC
  • Striving to create a social, cultural, and learning environment that recognizes the child’s spiritual freedom and growth, Green Meadow nurtures the physical, emotional, and intellectual capacities of the growing child through a developmentally appropriate curriculum.
  • gmws.org
Ideal School

The Ideal School

  • 314 West 91st Street
    New York, NY 10024
  • Phone: (212) 769-1699
  • Contact: Lori Murphy, Director of Admissions
  • The only independent inclusion school in NYC. We enroll students from Kindergarten to Eleventh Grade in an environment of diverse abilities that inspires excellence, collaboration and growth.
  • theidealschool.org
Lycee Francais de New York

Lycee Francais de New York

  • 505 East 75th Street.
    New York, NY 10021
  • Phone: (212) 439-3859
  • Contact: Elisabeth King
  • One of the most renowned bilingual French schools in North America. We welcome students from more than 50 nationalities each year and prepare them to be thinkers, leaders and innovators at home in the world.
  • lfny.org
Lyceum Kennedy Japanese School

Lyceum Kennedy Japanese School

  • Pre-K3–Grade 12
  • 225 East 43rd Street
    New York, NY 10017
  • Phone: (212) 681-7929, (646) 484-6467
  • Phone: Fax: (212) 681-1299
  • Contact: Kanae Sueishi
  • 日本語習得と日本文化の継承を基本に全日制、補習校、サマースクールと大きく三つのプログラムがあります.
  • lyceumkennedy.org
Pine Street School

Pine Street School

  • 25 Pine Street
    Fourth Floor
    New York, NY 10005
  • Phone: (212) 235-2300
  • Contact: Alix Shenkin
  • New York City’s only Preschool–5th grade Spanish and Mandarin immersion IB World School.
  • pinestreetschool.com
Riverside Church Weekday School

The Weekday School at Riverside Church

  • Ages 2–5
  • 490 Riverside Drive
    New York, NY 10027
  • Phone: (212) 870-6743
  • Contact: Director of Admissions Carla Buranelli-Secor
  • A progressive, play-based, independent early childhood school serving families with children ages two through five. A diverse community fostering sharing, understanding, and respect while focusing on the social, emotional and physical development of each child.
  • wds.nyc.org
Xaverian High School

Xaverian High School

  • 7100 Shore Road
    Brooklyn, New York 11209
  • Phone: (718) 836-7100
  • A private, co-educational Catholic college preparatory school for grades 6–12 located in Bay Ridge. Giving students the opportunity to grow in their faith, intellect, leadership skills, musical passions, athletic talents, and much more, in the long standing tradition of the Xaverian Brothers.
  • xaverian.org
AltSchool

AltSchool

  • Pre-K–Grade 8
  • East Village
    1 Avenue B
    New York, NY 10009
  • Union Square
    90 5th Avenue
    New York, NY 10011
  • Brooklyn Heights
    212 Hicks Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Phone: (866) 664-2070
  • Contact: Nafisa Basir
  • Offering a personalized, whole-child education to prepare students for their future by developing self-awareness, nurturing their innate capabilities, and fostering collaboration skills.
  • altschool.com
Battery Park Montessori

Battery Park Montessori

British International School

British International School

  • Age 2–4
  • 20 Waterside Plaza
    New York, NY 10010
  • Phone: (212) 481-2700
  • Contact: info@bis-ny.org
  • A uniquely portable blend of the English National Curriculum and the International Baccalaureate, BIS-NY offers an unparalleled global education in a stunning waterside setting at 23rd Street.
  • bis-ny.org
Calhoun School

The Calhoun School

  • Preschool–12th Grade
  • Main Building
    3rd–12th Grades
    433 West End Avenue
    New York, NY 10024
  • Robert L. Beir Lower School Building
    2.8 Years–2nd Grade
    160 West 74th Street
    New York, NY 10023
  • Phone: (212) 497-6500
  • Contact: Andrew Hume, Director of Enrollment
  • Calhoun inspires a passion for learning through a progressive approach to education that values intellectual pursuit, creativity, diversity and community involvement.
  • calhoun.org
City School of the Arts

City School of the Arts

  • Grades 6–8
  • 25 Pine Street
    New York, NY 10005
  • Phone: (404) 964-9294
  • Contact: Hanna Campbell, Founding Director of Operations
  • An arts-based 6th–8th grade charter school in Lower Manhattan. We are public and free and we encourage you to join our waiting list.
  • cityschoolofthearts.org
Ecole Internationale de New York

Ecole Internationale de New York

  • Preschool–Grade 8
  • 111 East 22nd St.
    New York, NY 10010
  • Phone: (646) 410-2238
  • Contact: Mireille Desalm, Admissions Coordinator
  • The international French-American school in the heart of Gramercy and Madison Square Park offering the best of the French education and the American spirit.
  • einy.org
French American Academy

The French American Academy

  • 209 3rd Street
    Jersey City, NJ 07302
  • 1092 Carnation Drive
    New Milford, NJ 07646
  • Phone: (201) 338-8320 x103
  • Contact: Cathy Joly
  • We believe that learning a second language at an early age is a life-long advantage which will benefit our children both academically and cognitively. Our goal is to create a safe, supportive, nurturing, international learning environment where students can develop fully in both French and English.
  • faacademy.org
Harlem Hebrew Language Academy Charter School

Harlem Hebrew Language Academy Charter School

  • Grades K–2
  • 147 St. Nicholas Avenue
    New York, NY 10026
  • Phone: (212) 866-1099
  • Contact: Lisa Blair
  • An academically rigorous K–5 curriculum including intensive instruction in the Hebrew language. A diverse student body develops a strong sense of social and civic responsibility across the curriculum.
  • harlemhebrewcharter.org
International Academy of New York

International Academy of New York

  • 4 East 90th Street
    New York, NY 10128
  • Phone: (212) 641-0260
  • Contact: Shelley Borror Jackson, Head of School
  • A bilingual, multi-cultural, diverse new school that is helping students gain skills, confidence and compassion to contribute and thrive in today’s world. Mandarin and Spanish tracks for Pre-Nursery (2’s) through Grade 3, adding a grade each year through Grade 8.
  • ianyc.org
Lyceum Kennedy French American School

Lyceum Kennedy French American School

  • Pre-K3–Grade 12
  • 225 East 43rd Street
    New York, NY 10017
  • Phone: (212) 681-1877, (646) 484-6467
  • Contact: Léocadie Eustache
  • An independent school that provides students with an outstanding bilingual and bi-cultural education based on the principles of self-expression and differentiated pedagogy.
  • lyceumkennedy.org
Mary Louis Academy

The Mary Louis Academy

  • Grades 9–12
  • 176-21 Wexford Terrace
    Jamaica Estates, NY 11432
  • Phone: (718) 297-2120
  • Contact: S. Filippa Luciano CSJ
  • A High School for young women valuing faith and service with dedicated teachers, challenging academics, outstanding facilities, and friends for life. The TMLA experience produces stellar college acceptances and confident graduates who know how to lead.
  • tmla.org
Pusteblume International Preschool

Pusteblume International Preschool

  • 244 West 14th street
    New York, NY 10011
  • Phone: (212) 206-1137
  • Contact: Ms. Mindy Guss
  • Pusteblume International Preschool provides children with a fun and community-oriented multicultural environment where instruction in the German and Spanish language serves as a catalyst for the development of each child’s unique cultural identity.
  • pusteblumenyc.org
Wetherby-Pembridge School

Wetherby-Pembridge School

  • Ages 3–11
  • 7 E 96th Street
    New York, NY 10128
  • Phone: (212) 328-9529
  • Contact: Admissions
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 11, soon to be located on the Upper East Side, with a bespoke curriculum model, combining the rigorous British National Curriculum with New York’s progressive student-centered teaching approach.
  • wetherby-pembridge.org

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Brooklyn
ABC

ABC Infant & Toddler Center & ABC Child Center

  • Ages 3 months-4 years
  • 109 Nassau Avenue, Greenpoint, 11222
  • Phone: (718) 389-9004
  • Contact: info@abcchildcenter.com
  • Since 1993, ABC's goal is to provide safe, age-appropriate, and stimulating programs for children from ages 3 months to 4 years, while fulfilling their need to laugh, learn, play, make new friends, and discover new things. Open year-round, Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm with rolling admission.
  • abcchildcenter.com
BASIS Independent Brooklyn

BASIS Independent Brooklyn

  • Preschool–Grade 12
  • 556 Columbia Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11231
  • Phone: (917) 473-1615
  • Contact: LaNette Hodge, Director of Student Enrollment
  • Our mission is to raise the standards of student learning to the highest international levels. We recruit faculty who are fervent experts in their disciplines and ask them to do nothing but teach the students in their care. The classroom is sacrosanct and student–teacher interaction is the essential CO-CREATIVE educational activity.
  • brooklyn.basisindependent.com
Brooklyn Free School

Brooklyn Free School

  • Pre-K – 12th Grade
  • 372 Clinton Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11238
  • Phone: (718) 499-2707
  • Contact: contact@brooklynfreeschool.org
  • An independent democratic school located in the heart of Clinton Hill. Our social justice mission supports students in directing their own learning with the guidance of highly qualified teachers, their peers, and the larger community through internships, classes, workshops, activities and trips.
  • brooklynfreeschool.org
Brooklyn Heights Montessori School

Brooklyn Heights Montessori School

  • Twos–Grade 8
  • 185 Court Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Phone: (718) 858-5100 x120
  • Contact: admissions@bhmsny.org
  • Based upon the Montessori Method the curriculum inspires independence, confidence, curiosity, leadership and collaboration in our students, preparing them with the critical thinking and problem solving skills essential for success in our rapidly changing world.
  • bhmsny.org
Congregation Beth Elohim Early Childhood Center

Congregation Beth Elohim Early Childhood Center

  • Ages 2–5
  • 274 Garfield Place
    Brooklyn, NY 11215
  • Phone: (718) 499-6208
  • Contact: Jacqueline Israel
  • A progressive preschool that nurtures childrens’ natural curiosity, critical thinking and self-esteem through an emergent curriculum developed by direct observation of childrens’ play and interactions with the world around them.
  • cbebk.org/ecc-preschool
French American Academy

The French American Academy

  • 209 3rd Street
    Jersey City, NJ 07302
  • 1092 Carnation Drive
    New Milford, NJ 07646
  • Phone: (201) 338-8320 x103
  • Contact: Cathy Joly
  • We believe that learning a second language at an early age is a life-long advantage which will benefit our children both academically and cognitively. Our goal is to create a safe, supportive, nurturing, international learning environment where students can develop fully in both French and English.
  • faacademy.org
LePort Montessori School Brooklyn

LePort Montessori School Brooklyn

  • Age 12 weeks–Grade 8
  • 292 Court Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11231
  • Phone: (718) 340-3550
  • Contact: Ryan Puzycki
  • Located in a newly renovated landmark building amidst the beautiful brownstones of Cobble Hill. Carefully crafted with the developmental needs of children in mind, classrooms offer children calm, peaceful environments to explore the rich Montessori learning materials.
  • leportschools.com/brooklyn
Rivendell School

Rivendell School

  • Ages 2–6
  • 277 Third Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11215
  • Phone: (718) 499-5667
  • Contact: Shelly Wolf Scott
  • A Montessori pre-primary inclusion school providing toddler, half day and extended day programs. Beautiful Montessori classrooms, an excellent student/teacher ratio, and a warm, cooperative atmosphere where children learn to work and play.
  • rivendellnyc.org
Stuyvesant Heights Montessori

Stuyvesant Heights Montessori

  • Ages 2–5
  • 644 McDonough Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11233
  • Phone: (347) 295-1100
  • Contact: info@stuyvesantheightsmontessori.com
  • Committed to maintaining its leadership in Montessori education, our mission as educators and parents is to foster independent, confident, academically prepared, and socially responsible citizens, who will be lifelong learners and problem solvers.
  • stuyvesantheightsmontessori.com
Xaverian High School

Xaverian High School

  • 7100 Shore Road
    Brooklyn, New York 11209
  • Phone: (718) 836-7100
  • A private, co-educational Catholic college preparatory school for grades 6–12 located in Bay Ridge. Giving students the opportunity to grow in their faith, intellect, leadership skills, musical passions, athletic talents, and much more, in the long standing tradition of the Xaverian Brothers.
  • xaverian.org
AltSchool

AltSchool

  • Pre-K–Grade 8
  • East Village
    1 Avenue B
    New York, NY 10009
  • Union Square
    90 5th Avenue
    New York, NY 10011
  • Brooklyn Heights
    212 Hicks Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Phone: (866) 664-2070
  • Contact: Nafisa Basir
  • Offering a personalized, whole-child education to prepare students for their future by developing self-awareness, nurturing their innate capabilities, and fostering collaboration skills.
  • altschool.com
Bay Ridge Prep

Bay Ridge Prep

  • Grades K–12
  • 8101 Ridge Boulevard
    Brooklyn, NY 11209
  • Phone: (718) 833-9090
  • Contact: admissions@bayridgeprep.org
  • An Independent K-12 College Preparatory School. With a student-centered environment and fresh approach to education, the school provides an enriching academic experience in a socially mature environment.
  • bayridgeprep.org
Brooklyn Friends School

Brooklyn Friends School

  • 375 Pearl Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Phone: (718) 852-1029
  • Contact: Joan Martin x209
  • Since 1867, providing a college preparatory program serving students from Preschool through 12th grade. An independent Quaker school located in the thriving Downtown Brooklyn neighborhood.
  • brooklynfriends.org
Co-op School

The Co-op School

  • Age 2–Grade 3 (Grade 5 in 2017)
  • 40 Brevoort Place
    Brooklyn, NY 11216
  • Phone: (718) 576-6470
  • Contact: Meredith Gray, Director
  • Our focus on inquiry-based learning, where children ask questions and find their own answers, builds confidence and a love of learning. The Co-op School’s Core Values: Compassion, Uniqueness, Innovation, Community Action and Joy.
  • thecoopschool.org
Dillon Child Study Center @ St Joseph’s College

Dillon Child Study Center @ St Joseph’s College

  • 2-5 years
  • 239 Vanderbilt Ave
    Brooklyn, NY 11205
  • Phone: (718) 940-5678
  • Contact: dendes@sjcny.edu
  • The laboratory preschool of St. Joseph's College offers half- and full-day, mixed-age programming for 2-5 year olds based on the child development approach to educating young children. Each childs development is fostered in all areas - physical, social, intellectual, emotional and moral. When you visit, you won't want to leave!
  • dillon.sjcny.edu
Lefferts Gardens Montessori

Lefferts Gardens Montessori

  • Toddler – Grade 6
  • Preschool:
    527 Rogers Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11225
  • Elementary School:
    559 Rogers Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11225
  • Phone: (718) 773-0287
  • Contact: admissions@mylgm.com
  • Serving our community since 1986 and a member of the American Montessori Society. We offer a hands-on learning environment for Toddlers through Grade 6, with a mission to help each individual child reach his or her potential and to prepare students to be independent thinkers, lifelong learners and responsible citizens in an ever-changing world.
  • mylgm.com
MUSE

MUSE Academy

  • Pre-k3 to G2
  • 126 Saint Felix Street
    Brooklyn, NY, 11217
  • Phone: (929) 400-1751
  • Contact: info@museacademybk.com
  • An Independent school deveoping the full potential of every child as lifelong learners, expressive artists, and active citizens in his or her community. Music, movement, and performance are central to the MUSE educational experience and profoundly contribute to cognitive and social development.
  • museacademy.com
Science, Language & Arts International School

Science, Language & Arts International School

  • Nursery (age 2) - Grade 5, expanding to middle school in 2018
  • Main campus: Fort Greene / Downtown Brooklyn (Pre-K - 5th)
    Early Childhood Annex: Carroll Gardens (ages 2-4)
  • Phone: (718) 636-3836
  • Contact: info@slaschool.org
  • A French immersion STEM+Arts elementary school with Mandarin enrichment, based on the hands-on integration of science with visual arts, foreign language, and math. Children learn in an intimate setting with teachers trained in a revolutionary conversational approach. Its project-based, science-fueled interdisciplinary focus allows children to make connections among all areas of learning.
  • slaschool.org
The Williamsburg Neighborhood Nursery School

The Williamsburg Neighborhood Nursery School

  • Ages 2–4
  • 54 South Second Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11249
  • Phone: (718) 782-4181
  • Contact: Rachel Scobie
  • Founded on the belief that a good early childhood program should provide children and their families with a bridge between the worlds of home and school, WNNS provides a school experience that is carefully structured, yet also allows the children to explore the school world at their own pace and in their own way.
  • wnns.org

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Queens
Garden School

Garden School

  • Nursery–Grade 12
  • 33-16 79th Street
    Jackson Heights, NY 11372
  • Phone: (718) 335-6363
  • Contact: info@gardenschool.org
  • A coed, fully-accredited, independent school in Jackson Heights offering an excellent and affordable Nursery–Grade 12 education. Small classes allow for a personalized approach.
  • gardenschool.org
Mary Louis Academy

The Mary Louis Academy

  • Grades 9–12
  • 176-21 Wexford Terrace
    Jamaica Estates, NY 11432
  • Phone: (718) 297-2120
  • Contact: S. Filippa Luciano CSJ
  • A High School for young women valuing faith and service with dedicated teachers, challenging academics, outstanding facilities, and friends for life. The TMLA experience produces stellar college acceptances and confident graduates who know how to lead.
  • tmla.org
Holy Cross High School

Holy Cross High School

  • 26-20 Francis Lewis Blvd
    Flushing, NY 11358
  • Phone: (718) 886-7250 x558
  • Contact: Rob Botero
  • Holy Cross High School has over 60 years of experience educating young men; we know how boys learn as well as the challenges they face and we possess the resources required to help young men succeed academically while becoming the Holy Cross men of tomorrow.
  • holycrosshs.org

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Bronx/Riverdale
Epic Bright Stars Day Care

Epic Bright Stars Day Care

  • 902 Morris Park Ave
    Bronx NY 10462
  • Phone: (212) 641-0260
  • Contact: Janelle Solomon, owner
  • Our mission is to provide the best quality childcare where safety and security is paramount and a love of learning is fostered in each child. Registration taking place now for ages 6 weeks to 2 years.
  • EpicBrightStars.com
Villa Maria Academy

Villa Maria Academy

  • 3335 Country Club Road
    Bronx, NY 10465
  • Phone: (718) 824-3260
  • Providing a foundation in academics and values to boys and girls in a nurturing Catholic community for more than a century. Located on 8 waterfront acres in the Country Club section of the Bronx, the Villa ensures individualized attention in a safe, family environment equipping students with the personal and academic skills they need to reach their fullest potential.
  • vma-ny.org
NYC
Green Meadow Waldorf School

Green Meadow Waldorf School

  • Nursery–Grade 12
  • 307 Hungry Hollow Road
    Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977
  • Phone: (845) 356-2514
  • Ask us about bus service from NYC
  • Striving to create a social, cultural, and learning environment that recognizes the child’s spiritual freedom and growth, Green Meadow nurtures the physical, emotional, and intellectual capacities of the growing child through a developmentally appropriate curriculum.
  • gmws.org

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